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Nations Cup – England and France book place in final

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England and France will contest the first ever Autumn Nations Cup Final after England beat Wales and France made small work of Italy in Paris on Saturday 

England had to fight hard for the win against Wales but will face France in the Autumn Nations Cup final this week.

They faced a much improved Wales side but manage to beat them 24-13 in Llanelli after leading them 11-7 at the break.

Wales opened the scoring with Johnny Williams runaway try before Slade try and Farrell with two penalties gave them the lead at the break.

Vunipola added a second try in the second half with Farrell adding 14 points with the boot at the end for England.

Wales coach Pivac has now suffered their seventh defeat in nine matches but it was light and day improvement for his side against the English on Saturday.

Scorers:

Wales (7) 13
Tries: J Williams Con: Halfpenny Pens: Biggar 2
England (11) 24
Tries: Slade, M Vunipola Con: Farrell Pens: Farrell 4

France beat Italy in Paris on Saturday to book their spot against England in the Final.

It was a comfortable win for the French at the end even though they are missing some key players due to an agreement with Top 14 league clubs.

Italy had the better start leading the French side earlyon after Carlo Canna scored the opening try.

It did not took long for Les Bleus to come back and eventually score a four-try bonus point win. Debutant Gabin Villiere scored a brilliant solo try.

A minute’s silence was observed before kick-off at the Stade de France after the death of French rugby legend Christophe Dominici, with a banner in the stands reading ‘Merci Domi’.

The French did lead with three points at the start when Jalibert kicked a penalty before the try of Canna.

Jonathan Danty showed incredible power to drive over the line after a dominant French scrum.

Next Villiere scythed through multiple defenders to score a superb solo try.

The hosts extended their lead as captain Baptiste Serin went over before Teddy Thomas outpaced Italian defenders down the right wing for the bonus-point score.

Flanker Sekou Macalou added his first international try to seal a dominant victory for France.

Scorers:

France: (10) 36
Tries: Danty, Villiere, Serin, Thomas, Macalou; Pen: Jalibert; Cons: Jalibert 3, Carbonel
Italy: (5) 5
Try: Garbisi

Sunday Schedule:

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